Pumpkin Spice Bites & a Giveaway!

Do you love pumpkin? Of course you do! (Well, unless you’re Annie from With Sprinkles On Top.) I love pumpkin so much, I’d marry it if I were a polygamist. Too much?

Way back in August (sheesh, way back? waaah!), when I went to the Big Summer Potluck, I got to meet Abby Dodge, who was talking about recipe development, and did a demonstration of parfaits from her newest book, Desserts 4 Today. You caught that 4 instead of “for”, right? That clever little word play is meant to point out to you that every recipe in the book has just four ingredients. Four. Four.

If you have a sweet tooth like me, I don’t have to tell you how amazingly awesome it is to have an entire book of desserts at your fingertips that is just SO accessible. A quick thumb through the book showed me more recipes than I could count on two hands that I had the ingredients for right then. No trips to the grocery store, no specialty ingredients I’d never use again. Simple, beautiful desserts that would keep dinner party guests talking long after the party is over. I swooned. I really did. Especially when I saw the Nutella Brownie Bites. Let that sink in, would you – Nutella. Brownies.

They were the first recipe I made out of the book, and let me tell you, my mind was BLOWN. Literally, 15 minutes from ingredients gathering to pulling those little babies out of the oven. 15 minutes! You can’t even bake a roll of store bought cookie dough that quick, so why wouldn’t you make something homemade for your friends and family instead?

You know what’s really awesome? Abby’s sent me a 2nd book to give away here, to one of my lucky readers. Isn’t that amazeballs?! (That’s the new ‘it’ word: try it, it’ll make you giggle.)

The recipe for Nutella Brownie Bites had me reeling for days. I kept thinking: could it be applied to other ingredients? And then we had a cold snap, and my mind turned to all ingredients Autumnal. Apples.. hrm. Not really. Pumpkin? Now that has possibilities. Canned pumpkin has a very similar texture to Nutella, loose and paste-like.

It took me 3 tries, and I had to up the ingredient count to 5 for the basic recipe, plus a few added extras to make them pretty, but I did it. And they still took less than 25 minutes from pulling the ingredients out of the cupboard to pulling the bites out of the oven.

For your comparison, I’ve placed the two recipes side by side below. And below that are the sensational giveaway details!

The winner has been chosen! Via random.org, the winning comment was #23 – Maureen, who said:

“IN the fall I begin to make both pumpkin bread and I also make a dish called pumpkin crisp. The crisp always gets rave reviews and the family always wants this instead of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

Maureen – I want that pumpkin crisp recipe!!! Thanks to everyone who entered, I loved hearing about your favorite pumpkin dishes!

To win your very own copy of Abby Dodge’s Desserts 4 Today, you can do the following:

1. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to enjoy pumpkin.
2. Follow Abby Dodge on Twitter: @abbydodge
3. Follow me on Twitter: @BluebonnetBaker

Please make sure to leave a separate comment for each thing you do. Only unique comments will count towards an entry, so make sure to leave a separate comment each time!

The contest closes Monday, October 4th at midnight EST. The winner will be contacted on Tuesday, October 5th for mailing information.


  1. says

    What a great post and comparison. I’m on a pumpkin overdrive too. Did Pumpkin Pots de creme last week, and roasted pumpkin soup yesterday! Mmmmm, that book sounds great! Do include me in the giveaway!
    Thank you

  2. says

    I love pumpkin. . .with chocolate! I love to make pumpkin muffins with mini chocolate chips in the fall (mini and regular size muffins). But it also makes a great cake, too. And I just tried a new recipe for petite pumpkin scones similar to the ones you buy at Starbucks. Next time I may try and add mini-chocolate chips to the scones and see how they turn out :)


  3. Faye says

    I love pumpkin and other winter squashes! My favorite for pumpkin is one of the basics-a nice moist spiced pumpkin bread! (although pumpkin curry or cumin soup is a close second).

  4. says

    I’m ashamed to say I’ve never cooked with pumpkin! I bought one last year to turn into a lantern, with plans to do something with the flesh, but it just wasn’t suitable.

    Hopefully this year I will buy an appropriate pumpkin and try roasting it :-)

  5. says

    I LOVE anything pumpkin (and the word amazeballs, which you now have me using, hehe)! I love Abby’s new book, too…I plan to give away several copies to friends this Christmas. :-)

  6. says

    WOW! Those sound amazeballs (HAHA! Thanx for the new word!) I so want to try this. And I would love to have a fab book like this to brag about here in South Africa. I love roasted pumpkin wedges done with cinnamon, honey & orange peel…and also really love pumpkin fritters. I am also a nutella freak so thanx for that recipe :o) xx

  7. Maureen says

    IN the fall I begin to make both pumpkin bread and I also make a dish called pumpkin crisp. The crisp always gets rave reviews and the family always wants this instead of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving.

  8. Jessica says

    I admit that I also do not like pumpkin but I love, love, love roasted pumpkin seeds and they always take me back to being a child when my mom made them after we carved a pumpkin for Halloween.

  9. says

    A giveaway – how fun. PS – both those treats above look AMAZING!

    I enjoy pumpkin most in cookies or bread. I’ve also been known to enjoy it pureed served as a side dish….

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